For economic developers. For location consultants. For communities. For the future.

Although the business of economic development professionals and site consultants is intertwined much like a super-highway system, the two parties oftentimes find themselves on opposite sides of the road. Consultant Connect bridges the gap between leading economic developers and location consultants, providing a platform to gain transparent feedback, invaluable insight and lasting business relationships.

Consultant Connect has served more than 230 national and international clients since 2013. The concept grew out of the need seen first-hand, by its founder, Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Southwest Michigan First, how economic developers and site selectors can find themselves on opposite sides of the road and how money can be easily spent without results. With its roots in local economic development, this team knows what works – and what doesn’t. Through exclusive, educational networking events and services, Consultant Connect not only gives economic developers an inside look into the world of site selection – it gives them the applicable intelligence necessary to propel their communities forward.

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“The unique partnership of an economic development organization and a well-known private consultant has created a unique opportunity, product and service that are second to none. My experience with Consultant Connect has been nothing but outstanding and stellar. It is good to know that economic development professionals can get real face-to-face with site consultants of such high quality.”

Marty VanagsPresident of Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership in Malta, NY

“Consultant Connect provides the most intimate environment between economic development practitioners and site selection professionals of all of the economic development conferences or venues. Its format drives meaningful conversation and builds strong professional relationships.”

Greg Wathen, APRPresident and CEO of Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana in Evansville, IN

“This team continues to find ways to host first-class site consultant events, bringing together a mix of active industry experts that I find not only engaging but very relevant.”

Chris SchastokVice President of CBRE in Chicago, Illinois

“This team offers interactive opportunities to share my thoughts and impressions on the industry in unique venues.”

Brad MigdalExecutive Managing Director of Transwestern in Chicago, Illinois

“Consultant Connect consistently looks for ways to innovate. The educational short programs it creates bring together site selectors and economic developers in an intimate setting with interesting topics.”

Kathy MussioManaging Partner of Atlas Insight in Fair Haven, New Jersey

“States, regions and communities as well as location consultants all benefit when economic developers are well informed, well prepared and make the best use of their resources. The education programs offered by Consultant Connect provide an environment for frank discussion and direct feedback that is valuable to both consultants and developers.”

Kate McEnroePrincipal of Kate McEnroe Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia

“I’m very pleased to be part of the Consultant Connect faculty. I’ve participated in past events and always found the dialogue between consultants and economic developers to be extremely productive.”

Larry GigerichManaging Director of Ginovus in Indianapolis, Indiana
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